York gets 10 new firefighters as chief steps down

York

Ten new firefighters have taken an oath to protect and serve York.

The new members sworn in Tuesday make up the city’s biggest class of new recruits since 1970.

The ceremony was bittersweet for Chief David Michaels. He’s finally getting his department at full staff, days after announcing his retirement.

Michaels has served in the city fire department for over two decades. 

“Hopefully, I’m leaving when the department is stable, leadership is in place, and the department will keep going,” Michaels said.

Deputy Chief Chad Deardorff will step in for Michaels next month. Deardorff said his vision for the department includes improving station maintenance and getting newer equipment.

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